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Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

    A review in the eye of a student

    The integration of Little Rock's Central High School was a difficult and treacherous battle for the Nine African-Americans that took that huge step for the moving forward of integration. Throughout reading Beals' awe-inspiring memoir of the first year at Central High, she speaks of the daily torment and abuse she lives through everyday. Whether she is sprayed in the eyes with acid, escaping a torture chamber of a bathroom, or dodging a lighted stick of dynamite, Melba Pattillo Beals proves herself to be a warrior. "During my junior year in high school, I lived at the center of a violent civil rights conflict." (Beals pg. 1) Melba Pattillo was a young African-American girl, who was one of the nine brave African-Americans who would help America take another step forward to end segregation. Her tear-jerking memoir reveals her first year in Arkansas' Central High school of Little Rock. Through her book, the reader can join Melba on her riveting first year. While reading the memoir "Warriors Don't Cry" The reader is able to experience the hardships that little Melba had gone through during her first year at Central High such as, " 'bombs away!' " (Pg 164) Melba has entered the restroom and has locked herself in the stall, while girls on the outside push to keep her inside, "I looked up too see a flaming paper wad coming right down on me. 'We'll burn you alive girl'." (Pg. 164) Melba had been savagely attacked, and almost caught fire several times, but after that day she learned to use the bathroom before she came to school. Beals does an amazing job of describing and truly portraying her feelings through her writing. She has a talent of communicating her thoughts and feelings. Although reading "Warriors don't cry" is sometimes difficult and one may want to put the book down, because many parts can get sad at times like the part in the book where Melba is sprayed with acid in the eyes, and almost loses sight in both eyes. "The sudden pain in my eyes was so intense, so sharp, I thought I'd die." (Pg. 173) But the reader is still able to relate to the main character, Melba. The best part was learning how this young woman could over come any and every obstacle that came her way, "I ducked down quickly to avoid a hard white object whizzing past my head.It was a golf ball wrapped in paper...'It's just beautiful. Thank-you.'" (Pg. 259) Melba learned that to control her temper and prevent a potential fight she must always be polite and remember her manners. She decided by saying 'thank-you' and 'oh how nice of you' the white kids would lose the pleasure in making her miserable. This book has inspired many, and also helped people to overcome and deal with life's obstacles. The integration of Little Rock's Central High School was a difficult and treacherous battle for Melba Patillo and the eight other African-Americans that took that huge step for the moving forward of integration. Throughout reading Beals' awe-inspiring memoir of her first year at the once all white Central High School she speaks of the daily torment and abuse she has to live through. Even when she is sprayed in the eyes with acid, escaping a torture chamber of a bathroom, or dodging a lighted stick of dynamite, Melba Pattillo Beals proves herself to be a warrior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2010

    Great Book!

    This is one of the best books that I have read. Warriors don't cry, by Melba Pattio Beals, is a real story about Beal as a young girl who was chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High due to the Brown Vs. Board of Education case, but I would say her story is most likely much sadder than the other nine who were also chosen. She goes through many harsh things in her life such as name calling, almost getting raped, getting beat up, and lots of other struggles just cause of racial discrimination back then, yet she is still so perseverant, courageous, and outstanding. It makes me wonder if I was exactly the same person I am, but if I was born during that time, and I saw Melba Pattio Beals would I be the same as everyone else by making fun of her, or would I stand out and say you know what, this isn't right, etc. What I like about this book, is that once u start reading you are trapped behind the margins of the pages, or in another way once you start reading, you can never stop reading. This book instantly caches the reader's eye, and makes them dive head first into the ocean of pages. This book completely changed my perspective on how I treat people, and how I look on life. I highly recommend this book, even though it's sort of a long read, it still has a very good message behind the ink on the papers. Beals did a great job capturing the essence of when she was younger, and although it may seem like old history, she still was able to really get your focus on the book and tell the story of her life. I bet that every person that reads this will be able to get a positive message from it, whether it is from being able to relate to Melba Beals or whether it's just able just to encourage someone's day. I'm glad I chose this book, even though I randomly choose it for my English Class out of a list of like 100 books, but it has a great meaning and message to get through to the public.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2008

    Sad way to make history

    This book was really good. Definitely read it if you're in the education field. It will give you a different outlook on your students. <BR/>It really shows how brave these students were to get a message across. Not only is it sad to read about the events and how nobody was stopping the abuse, but it's also a shame that events like these had to happen to young people in order to make history.<BR/>Really great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2006

    A Great Find

    Finally, a book that uncovers the truth! My eighth grade humanities (reading) class read this as part of our curriculum, and it was the most exciting, terrifying, tear-jerking book we had ever read our class! Warriors Don't Cry was fabulously written, and makes you really think. Told in a first person point of view, Melba's story is a true one about the Little Rock Nine and integration. If you enjoy learning about history, or if you just want a good book, head to your local library and check out Warriors Don't Cry. You will thank me for the tip!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    Really recommended.

    Warriors don¿t cry by: Melba Pattillo Beals is about a girl who (is Native American) is sent to a school called Little Rock Central high with all Caucasoid people along with other Native Americans. She has some strong difficulties with the Caucasoid student. They have tried to get rid of her by beating her up. There was one time where I almost started to cry was when she was going to the restroom four Caucasoid girls looked over the stall without her knowing and while she was using the restroom all of a sudden she felt some tissue with fire on her fell in her hair. The girls were laughing and then she got one of her text book through it at one of the girls and all the girls started to run away. Melba Pattillo Beals is the main character and one of my favorite characters. My favorite part of the story is a very sad part of the book. Melba was walking home from school when all of a sudden there was a Caucasoid man who was following Melba. After awhile he started running after her. He striped her, and she fell. The man took of his pants and was going to try to rap her. She was afraid and tried to get up, but he wouldn¿t let her. A girl named Marissa who teased Melba tried to help Melba by hitting the guy on the head. Melba got up and they both started to run away from this guy. She told her grandma and well I don¿t want to spoil it so you guys will just have to read the book your selves. I really do recommend Warriors Don¿t Cry to those who love reading challenging books, and fictions books. I really do like this book because it is very interesting. I also like it because it is a fiction book and I love true stories. If you don¿t like reading like me it is time to start reading books. This book is real interesting, and you wouldn¿t be disappointed. I say this book is a five star book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    THIS BOOK CHANGED ME

    THIS BOOK WAS VERY WELL WRITTEN AND I LOVED IT. I REALLY COULD FEEL MELBAS EMOTIONS AS SHE WALKED INTO THE SCHOOL. IN SOME PARTS OF THE STORY I WANTED TO CRY. THE AUTHOR REALLY MADE YOU FELL AS IF YOU WERE THERE. I BELIEVE EVERYONE NO MATTER WHAT AGE YOU ARE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT WILL CHANGE YOUR WHOLE PERSPECTIVE ON INTERGRATION IN THE SOUTH.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2000

    A Compelling True Drama

    I feel that this book gave me true insight to the horrors of prejudice that have been and still are present in American life. Reading about the author's struggles gave me more courage for my own struggles. She has endured more than I can imagine and has performed a great service by writing her experience for others to learn from.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    A Very Compelling Story

    This book has made me feel very angry and it has made me cry as well. It is truly a fantastic book. I could not put it down from the minute I started reading it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    The memoir Warriors Don┬┐t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals is the sto

    The memoir Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals is the story about the battle Melba had to face in high school. Melba was one of nine African Americans who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School. I really liked this book because it showed the struggles of African Americans back in the 1950s, and it also shows how much Caucasians didn’t want change. If I had to pick one thing I didn’t like about the book, it would have to be that she was treated so cruelly. When I read about what Caucasians did to African Americans, I get ashamed of my race. People would scream at Melba and the eight other students as they walked into school. This book truly shows the ways of the citizens in the Southern part of the United States. I encourage everyone to read this fabulous book. 

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  • Posted April 6, 2014

    Warriors Don't Cry is about a girl called Melba Beals who was on

    Warriors Don't Cry is about a girl called Melba Beals who was one of the Little Rock Nine. She signed up to be one of the first black people to go to an all white school. The story is written from the first person perspective. It tells how she survived and what she and her friends had to go through. It made me upset when she explained how the white people treated the black people. It was also upsetting to thing that people would treat other people like that.

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  • Posted April 1, 2014

    A fantastic well written book. Ms. Beals did very well expressin

    A fantastic well written book. Ms. Beals did very well expressing the emotion of interrogating Little Rock Central High School. Her thoughts as well as her diary entries convey what it was really like for her. I found this book very inspiring as well. Her attitude to not give up is what got her through that school. Instead of retaliation which she sometimes wanted to do, she controlled herself. Doing this paid off and she was staring to make some friends instead of enemies. How she handled things taught me that there is more than wanting all your classmates to like you. Instead she stressed on getting a good education to help her in her lifetime. I thought about my future while I was reading this book. I know I can do well, if she could with death threats. I hope you enjoyed this book as much as I did.

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    Posted March 9, 2009

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